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Philanthropy (Global CSR)

Takeda’s Global CSR strengthens the ability of health systems to address today’s and tomorrow’s challenges by training health workers, strengthening supply chains, improving maternal, newborn and child health, and improving access to quality diagnosis and treatment for patients worldwide. Our goal: to build a better world with accessible health care for all, where prevention measures are exponentially advanced, health systems are strong and prepared for unexpected events, and people are freed from the burden of disease. Our signature Global CSR Program, now in its fifth year, is executed based on employee voting, with colleagues around the world choosing which innovative, high-impact activities receive our support. In 2019, the Global CSR Program introduced a public request for proposals system to expand our reach and offer greater opportunities for organizations across the world to engage.

The Program partners with world-class organizations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with proven track records of addressing global health problems in innovative, sustainable ways to prevent disease, train health workers, strengthen supply chains and improve access to quality diagnosis and treatment for patients worldwide. Our three- to 10-year funding commitments recognize that there are no quick fixes to entrenched health system and access challenges, and that lasting, sustainable impact takes time.

Impact on the Ground

In early 2020, several Takeda colleagues trekked through Myanmar as part of Takeda’s Employee Participation Program, which brings select employees to Global CSR Program sites in the developing world to help them understand global health challenges and the transformational impact of the programs they selected for Takeda to support. Employees saw firsthand how Takeda’s partnership with Save the Children is increasing maternal and infant patient access to quality health care by supporting health workers and exponentially enhancing community engagement across 110 villages.



“Because of Takeda, communities in Angola, Guinea and Togo are benefitting from stronger health systems — and children in Benin, Madagascar and Rwanda are getting the health care and nutrition they need in their critical early years.”

Henrietta Fore
Executive Director, UNICEF

Our global CSR partners not only implement innovative, high-impact programs, but also collaborate with other organizations, people and government entities in developing and emerging countries. This extends to our network of partners and makes sure that those best positioned and with the most appropriate knowledge and relationships within individual communities are leading programs on the ground.

Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all (SDG 3, Target 3.8) is also an important priority, complementing the Japanese government’s pioneering leadership on UHC. Additionally, our work adheres to internationally recognized guidelines, such as the United Nations Global Compact’s Ten Principles. In addition, we actively engage in important annual gatherings, such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, where we connect with stakeholders across sectors to deepen our understanding of evolving civil society needs and entrenched challenges.

Global CSR Partnerships

In addition to our employee-driven selection process, we implement long-term, philanthropic public-private partnerships with renowned multilateral and academic institutions worldwide.

Second phase of the Takeda Initiative

In 2020, we launched the second phase of the Takeda Initiative, our 15-year partnership with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The partnership focuses on improving maternal and child health by integrating quality HIV, TB and malaria services in antenatal and postnatal care in priority countries in Africa. With this recommitment, we became the first private sector company to support the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment. This builds on our commitment in 2019, as the first private sector organization, to invest ¥1 billion over five years.

Inaugural Takeda Chair in Global Child Health Appointed

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine announced the appointment of Professor Debra Jackson, formerly of UNICEF, as the inaugural
Takeda Chair in Global Child Health. The Chair, which is advancing the evidence base for child health and enables research innovations to inform better policies and health care practices, is the school’s first to be fully endowed by a company.

Ten years of the Reconstruction and Revitalization Program

Takeda’s Reconstruction and Revitalization Program, which supports critical activities in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, in collaboration with the Japan Non Profit Organization (NPO) Center, will observe its 10-year anniversary in 2021. The program bolsters the capacity of local NPOs to tackle the social issues associated with the recovery of disaster victims and the reestablishment of heavily impacted communities.

“What Takeda has done through their CSR and employees is send a signal that health for everybody in the world is a priority…. to come in at the levels that Takeda has, has really made it a global leader.”

Vanessa Kerry
Co-Founder & CEO, Seed Global Health

2020 Global CSR Program Recipients

Partner Focus Area Budget Timeline
Access to
Health Fund
To help build and improve community health
centers and empower health staff from ethnic
health organizations and ethnic communitybased
health organizations (EHOs/ECBHOs)
in Myanmar’s Shan State to deliver quality
health services, particularly for mothers
and children.
Myanmar ¥1.1 billion 5 years
Bridges to
To help eliminate or control five neglected
tropical diseases in Papua New Guinea
and Vanuatu, including lymphatic filariasis,
yaws, leprosy, trachoma, scabies and soiltransmitted
helminthiases. The program will
also improve health worker capacity, access
to care and treatment.
Guinea &
3 years

Global CSR Program

Employees worldwide voted to select two new organizations as 2020 Global CSR Program partners. With these new partners, Takeda’s employee-driven Global CSR Program portfolio consists of 16 partnerships in more than 60 countries.

Global COVID-19 Response Efforts

In 2019, we launched several new partnerships with three global initiatives that align with the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s appeal to support the UN COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan. These UN-led initiatives coordinate and collaborate across the pandemic life cycle to support efforts at the front lines of the novel coronavirus, as well as the critical work that prepares health systems to respond effectively to the coronavirus and other endemic health emergencies.

Partner Focus Area Budget Timeline
United Nations
World Food
To make health systems more resilient and enhance their ability to absorb and respond to health shocks by improving existing supply chains.

First phase supports a 92-bed treatment and isolation center for humanitarian workers responding to COVID-19 and a supply chain control tower to allow WFP to monitor end-to-end humanitarian cargo movements in support of the World Health Organization and other humanitarian partners.

Second phase will focus on collaborating with public health stakeholders in four African countries to boost capacity, promote best practices in managing health supply chains, and introduce new tools and processes.
Africa ¥1.5 billion 5 years
Bridges to
To support the continued delivery of life-saving maternal and newborn health services to at least 350,000 women and newborns, including 19,700 women facing life-threatening pregnancy complications during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will prioritize regions and maternity units with the highest vulnerability to help make sure that frontline health care workers, most of whom are women, have access to essential medical supplies, including PPE, and that maternity units are providing quality maternal and newborn health services in a safe environment. Benin,
and Togo
Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA)
Provision of emergency assistance to national-designated laboratories for COVID-19 in IAEA member states in the form of diagnostic kits, equipment and technical training to help rapidly and accurately detect and identify the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Global ¥500